|Scientific Name||Phacelia congesta||USDA PLANTS Symbol||PHCO2|
|Common Name||Blue Curls, Blue-curls||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||31473|
|Description||Habitat: Sandy, gravelly or rocky soils; found often in shady areas; widespread throughout Texas.
Plant: Leafy erect or ascending annual or biennial, stems 8 inches to 3 feet or more tall with densely hairy/sticky foliage; often growing in colonies.
Leaves: Variable; mostly coarsely once or twice pinnately-divided or pinnatifid, 2-3/8 to 5-1/2 inches long and 1 to 1-5/8 inches wide overall, with 3 to 7 broad lobes or divisions, each lobe coarsely toothed and soft; upper leaves on petioles.
Inflorescence: Many small bell-shaped blossoms grouped together in coiled (scorpioid) clusters, each corolla less than 1/2-inch across with 5 overlapping blue to puplish lobes that are entire (not crenulate or dentate); protruding stamens with yellow anthers.
Bloom Period: March to June.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, "Shinners & Mahler’s Flora of North Central Texas" by Diggs, Lipscomb and O’Kennon and SEINet
Note: Experts seem to agree that Phacelia species are difficult to differentiate. Foliage is usually not determinant, blossoms and seed being more reliable. These IDs should be considered in that light.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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